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Monday, June 23, 2008

Nat Dove - Petey Wheatstraw (1977)

1. Petey Wheatstraw (Vocal)
2. Ghetto Street USA
3. Zombie March (Instrumental)
4. Loving You (Vocal)
5. Walking theme (Instrumental)
6. Ghetto Street USA (Vocal)
7. Joy (Vocal)
8. Steve's Den (Instrumental)
9. Loving You (Instrumental)
10. Petey Wheatstraw (Instrumental)
11. Junkie Chase (Instrumental)
Of Rudy Ray Moore's album output, this soundtrack is one of the easier LPs to obtain. It's a good album, mixing funk and jazz in equal measures, but the jazz is second-rate and the funk is not consistent. There are few tracks and most are pressed in two versions, vocal and instrumental. The best track is the outstanding funk instrumental 'Zombie March', featuring a great horn riff over a fat breakbeat.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Gerald Lee - Black Shampoo (1976)

1. Mr. Jonathan
2. I'll Get You
3. Soft
4. Move On
5. Can You Feel The Love
6. The Chase
7. The Search
8. The Bust Up
9. Deciding On You
10. Main Theme
11. The Flight
12. Fanfare
13. Can You Feel The Love (Reprise)
14. The BBQ
15. Love Theme
16. Black Briefcase
17. Deciding On You (Reprise)
18. Mr. Jonathan (Reprise)
19. The Rescue
20. Dialog
Funky music, dialogue and sound effects from the 1976 blaxploitation movie Black Shampoo. This is great for DJ/producers - with plenty of funky 70s music and clean dialogue to scratch or sample.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Infernal Blues Machine - Adios Amigo (1976)

1. Adios Amigo
2. Needing You (Wanting You, Loving You)
3. When You Move You Lose
4. Ju Ju
5. Never Turn Your Back On A Friend
6. When Loves Calls Your Name
7. Write Me A Letter
8. Ain't That Love
9. I Can Make It But It Would Be Easier With Love
This album contains some obscure blaxploitation cuts from the Fred Williamson movie 'Adios Amigo'. The movie theme is pretty tight - good strong groove, slightly cod Mexican feel to it, but it moves well. The other two tracks from the movie are forgettable love themes. The first side of this LP comprises the funk tracks - there's a strong hard funk cut in Ju Ju - while the flip tracks are the dull soulful numbers. Worth a dig.

Movie Review
Adios Amigo (1976)

BlackSmoke - The Candy Tangerine Man [A.K.A. The Candy Tangerine Man] (1976)

1. Gotta Bad Feeling
2. Screamin'
3. Turn This Feeling Around
4. There It Is
5. I Don't Care (What You Do)
6. You Needn't Worry Now
7. What Goes Around Comes Around
8. Sunshine Roses And Rainbow
9. Freedom Of The Mind
In our continuing mission to track down all sorts of obscure funk music as featured in the movies of the 1970s, we finally tracked down the music that's featured in B-movie blaxploitation classic 'Candy Tangerine Man'. It's from quite an easy-to-find funk LP, the self-title release by Smoke. The music is quality mid-70s dancefloor funk, pretty tight all through. Mostly vocal, it's not a standard soundtrack record and makes no mention of the movie on the sleeve, but check out the film then look at the hats of the guys on the LP sleeve... anyway, 3 tracks from this LP were used in the movie. Good stuff.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

J. Steiger & Jimmy Lewis - Solomon King (1974)

1. Theme From Solomon King
2. Ain't That Nothing
3. Changes
4. Teach Me
5. The Lover Affair Is Over
6. Sad Feeling
One of the most obscure blaxploitation soundtrack albums, Solomon King was the product of Sal Watts, who wrote, directed and starred in the movie. The album was produced for the film's premiere and was released on Sal's own record label. The entire first side is taken up by the 15-minute Solomon King Theme, a great funk track featuring good phased wah guitar, bizarre synth drums, a Shaft-style riff and some groovy breaks. The second side of the album contains several very dodgy soul cuts; stick to the first side.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Jack Ashford - Blackjack (1978)

1. Blackjack
2. Las Vegas Strut
3. Fremont Street
4. You Can Bet My Love Is True
5. Vibe Interlude
6. Run, Run, Catch Him
7. Study The Robbery
8. Falling In Love With You
9. Hot Chrome
10. I'm Back Home
11. Blues For Bass
Solid disco-funk and soul soundtrack from Jack Ashford for the obscure blaxploitation movie from 1978 directed by John Evans and starring William Smith, Tony Burton and Frank Christi. Jack Ashford was part of a group of musicians known as the Funk Brothers whose sound defined Motown in the 60's and 70's. They worked with such legendary performers as Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Miracles and many more.

Thanks Anonymous

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Gordon Staples & The String Thing - Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)

1. Strung Out
2. Toonie
3 From A Heart That's True To Only One
4. Hustle
5. Love Theme
6. If Your Love Were Mine
7. Get Down
8. Sound of Zodiac
9. It's Got To Be Alright
10. Strung Out (Reprise 1)
11. I'm Back
12. Strung Out (Reprise 2)
13. Who Knows Better
14. Dialog 2 & 3
Fred Williamson certainly managed to pick some superb music for his films. Here, parts of an old Motown album (Strung Out by Gordon Staples) are reused to great effect in Mean Johnny Barrows, a Williamson classic. The main theme is the 'Strung Out' track on this 45, while the flip side is used as incidental music in several places in the film. The original Strung Out LP also includes another track from the movie (a ballad), but it's not the same mix that appears in the film, so we've highlighted the 45 instead. The music is excellent: a head-nodding midtempo funky groover with nice atmospheric choppy wah, tight drums and a killer funky strings line - quite a rarity, too.

Thanks Soulfinga

Monday, June 9, 2008

Garfeel Ruff - The Hitter (1979)

1. The Hitter
2. Distant
3. Don't Count On Me
4. Golden Time Of Day
5. Bring On The Love
6. Jump Street
7. Street Hustlin'
8. You're In Good Hands
9. I Wish You Well
10. Fortune
Ron 'Superfly' O'Neal starred in this late obscure, depressing blaxploitation film from 1979 about a failed bare knuckle fighter and hustler. The music has a very well-produced, clean sound and features tracks from Raul Da Souza alongside the original film music from Garfeel Ruff. The originals are good late 70's funk, generally slow tempo with deep bass and a strong horn section. This album can be found fairly easily, invariably still sealed and quite cheap, so obtain a copy if you can.

Provided by Tony
Link to movie review
Christopher Leitch - The Hitter (1979)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Taj Mahal - Brothers (1977)

1. Love Theme in the Key of D
2. Funky Butt
3. Brother's Doin' Time
4. Night Rider
5. Free the Brothers
6. Sentidos Dulce (Sweet Feelings)
7. The Funeral March
8. Malcolm's Song
9. David and Angela

Not My Review
Taj produced, wrote and arranged this soundtrack from the late 70's film. It has a strong Caribbean feel to the percussion and Taj's voice is strong and fluid as ever. The synopsis from the cover is as follows: "He was nobody, a black man in a white man's prison. She was somebody; a notorious, beautiful radical, black professor. Their love story caused a national convulsion. This film is that story. And it happened." I've never seen the flick myself, but I love the record. Nice simple cover graphics are well chosen.

Link to movie review
Arthur Barron - Brothers (1977)

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Book Of Numbers (1972)

1. Walk With The Lord (Vocal by Pat Kessee)
2. Riding To Bookers
3. Blue's Last Walk
4. Eldorado
5. Stompin' At Booker's
6. Poor Little June Bug
7. I'm So Glad (Vocal by Barbara Massey)
8. Cracker Cops
9. Blueboy's Holler
10. Moog montage: the clan, no way out, chase down
A low-key soundtrack to a film starring Philip Michael Thomas, later of Miami Vice. The album features a country and western motif and much harmonica. Take the time to listen more closely and you'll discover a great smooth funky soul vocal track, "I'm So Glad", and an interesting moog and guitar instrumental.